Posidonia is a genus of flowering plants. It contains nine species of marine plants, found in the seas of the Mediterranean and around the south coast of Australia. It is one of the most important natural values of the Mediterranean Sea, but at the same time, it is also one of the most threatened species on the planet, 25% of its extension has been lost. To prevent that, in some countries, it's a protected species.
Though we cannot see it, there is a magical process happening under the surface. When the rhizome of the plant loses its fibres, the movement of the sea sews natural fibre balls that are given to us as a present, arriving at the Mediterranean coasts.
The objective is to create a very located material using those balls in order to benefit the economy of the regions around this sea and help local sustainable companies.
This material is created by sewing balls of Posidonia. Optionally it's possible to apply a mix of pine rosin, agar-agar, and water to prevent it from losing its fibres.
Information submitted by the maker and edited by the Future Materials Bank.
Posidonia, cotton thread. Optional protection: a mix of rosin, agar agar, water
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